Welcome to SmackDown Live.
R Truth is in the ring with Carmella for TruthTV. Truth welcomes everyone to Smackdown 1000. In all of the years that TruthTV has been on the air, there have been a lot of memorable history making moments, but none like tonight. Carmella tells Truth there has only been one episode and the show has been canceled. Truth says it is time for . . .
Truth brings out his next guest and they need no introduction. Truth says that means another . . . DANCE BREAK!!!!
Carmella says it is time to bring out the guest. Truth brings out . . .
Stephanie McMahon makes her way to the ring.
Stephanie thanks them for that introduction. Stephanie says she was the first ever General Manager of Smackdown and she had a vision. It is so incredible to see that vision come to life on the 1000th episode of Smackdown.
Before Truth can ask his first question, Shane McMahon’s music plays and the Shane-O Shuffle is in full effect as he shuffles his way to the ring.
Shane officially welcomes everyone to Smackdown 1000. Shane says that video package flooded his head with so many memories. Shane says this event would not have been possible without all of you. Stephanie says that Shane panders to the crowd and they eat it up. Shane stops Stephanie and welcomes her to the A Show. Stephanie says that Smackdown is a show but it is the second longest episodic television show, behind Raw.
Stephanie says on Raw they hold things to a higher standard. They wouldn’t kick off the show with the likes of TruthTV. They would want to start off a little bigger and bolder.
Shane says they try to put things like TruthTV on and things that people want to see.
Vince McMahon’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring.
Match Number One: AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan versus Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso
Jey and Bryan start off and Bryan with a shoulder tackle and drop toe hold. Bryan with a La Magistral for a near fall. Jimmy tags in and they hit a double back elbow and a double elbow drop for a near fall. Jimmy with chops and Bryan with kicks. Bryan goes through the legs and then hits a dragon screw leg whip. Styles tags in and he kicks Jimmy in the leg. Styles with a side head lock and another kick to the back of the leg. Jey makes the tag.
Styles misses a splash into the corner and Jimmy and Jey with kicks to Styles and Jey gets a near fall. Jey punches AJ in the corner and kicks the champion. Styles with punches but Jey with a hard Irish whip that sends Styles sternum first into the turnbuckles. Jey sets for a running hip into the corner but Styles gets up and applies the Calf Crusher. Daniel gets Jimmy and applies the Yes Lock. Jey gets to the ropes and Styles has to release the hold.
Jimmy talks some strategy with Jey while they take their time getting back into the ring. Jimmy makes the tag. Jimmy with a kick and head butt. Jimmy with a chop and then Jey comes in and they make a wish. Jimmy tags back in and they make another wish on AJ. Jey tags in and he connects with a head butt to the midsection. Styles with kicks and other strikes. Jimmy makes the tag and Jey with a hot shot on Styles. Jimmy gets a naer fall. Jimmy with a reverse chin lock. Jimmy brings Styles back to the mat with the reverse chin lock. Styles with elbows but Jimmy with a waist lock. Styles with elbows and Jimmy with a dragon whip.
Styles with a Pele Kick and both men are down. Jey and Bryan tag in and Bryan with punches and kicks. Bryan flips out of the corner on an Irish whip and he hits a suicide dive onto Jimmy and then hits a forearm on Jey. Bryan with a missile drop kick. Bryan with kicks to the chest and then he hits a round kick to the temple but Jey breaks up the cover. Styles leaps over Jey and he sends Jimmy to the floor. Jey sends Styles into Bryan and then they hit a super kick on Styles and a double super kick on Bryan for the three count.
Winners: Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso
After the match, Styles and Bryan look at each other in the ring.
We are back and Evolution makes its way to the ring.
Hunter says one thousand episodes. How do you accomplish something that monumental? You accomplish it by evolving constantly. How do you celebrate something so monumental? You bring together the one group that epitomizes Evolution.
Ric wooos and struts. He says this is a lifetime for the Nature Boy to be out here with that group. Flair says he is more used to that 10,000 number.
Randy says coming down that aisle and listening to that music brings back memories. What better way to get a start in this business than with this group. Randy says he has been evolving. While Hunter has been running the show, Ric has been living vicariously through his daughter, and Batista has spent more time in a make up chair than the ring, Randy says he has been winning championships.
Batista says he is a little nervous being back in this ring. It has been a long time. He says he is going to enjoy every second of it and ignore what Randy said. Batista says that you know the last place he wants to be is with this microphone in his hand. Batista says he thought about it and on this auspicious occasion, he has four things he wants to say. First, he wanted to be here tonight because it is Smackdown 1000. He says he is proud to have built this brand. Second, this is his home town. He bounced at a nightclub two blocks away for thirteen years. He saw more violence than anyone needs to see. He is speaking to all of you and it is a dream come true. Third, it is because of all of you. Whether you booed him or called him Bluetista or BooTista. Whether you loved him or hated him, he came out and busted his ass and loved all of you. He didn’t care if he won or lost, he wanted to entertain you. Fourth, is the guys in the ring with him. Do you realize how special this is? Do you realize how the molecules changed in the room when they walked into this building. When that music plays, it is a different vibe. Four champions brought together to build an army. It has never been done before and will never be done since.